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Author of "The New Frontier in Web API Programming"

Import Everlance Mileage to Quickbooks Self Employed

Importing Everlance Milage You can import Everlance mileage, and presumably mileage from other tracking apps, into Quickbooks Self Employed with a little effort, as Quickbooks Self Employed supports MileIQ csv formatted data. To start off, you could create a free MileIQ account, and manually add in a couple fake trips to export as per the [...]

By | 2017-07-22T11:38:36+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Software Engineering|0 Comments

The $5,000 Horror Story of a Past Client

Many of my clients come to me after trying to save money when hiring a developer. Every last one of them has the same horror story. They have to start their project over from scratch, and none of them are able to get their money back from the cheap developer. Let me tell you a [...]

By | 2017-05-18T14:45:16+00:00 October 14th, 2016|My Career, Software Engineering|0 Comments

3-Step Conversation Process to Avoid the Uncomfortable Silence

Yesterday I was talking to a man about what motivates people to buy from a business. As a businessman myself, I contributed a bit to the conversation and picked up some new information. After a couple minutes of the conversation, it happened... The dreaded inability to remember names, and think of what to say next. [...]

By | 2017-05-18T14:45:20+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Business, Social|0 Comments

Cleveland GiveCamp 2016: Project Loyola

Loyola Retreat House This one time, at GiveCamp, I kissed a chair and I liked it... Ahem! Cleveland GiveCamp is a place where we code for charity, and this year I was the Project Manager for Loyola Retreat House. Loyola is a Christian non-profit who provides a relaxing atmosphere for people to retreat from their [...]

By | 2016-08-02T11:46:42+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|My Career, Software Engineering, Volunteering|0 Comments

On WordPress Refactoring for Speed

WordPress can be slow for many reasons, including adding extra plugins, themes, the hosting environment, or even just because PHP is slow. In this post, we'll examine what causes WordPress to be super slow, and we'll look at some ways that we can improve WordPress Core to make it run much faster. This article is [...]

By | 2017-05-18T14:45:23+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Software Engineering|0 Comments

How to Write a Killer Cover Letter for Your Resume

Writing a cover letter for your resume as a Software Engineer doesn't need to be that complicated. Gayle Laakmann McDowell, the author of "Cracking the Coding Interview" gave me a few helpful hints on what a cover letter should include. I'll give you a short list of those items, and a nice clean sample cover [...]

By | 2017-05-18T14:45:26+00:00 July 27th, 2016|My Career, Software Engineering|0 Comments

How to Exponentially Optimize Your Code for Speed

A 31 year old "dog" can definitely learn new tricks. I just finished learning basic algebra in under a week when all of my life I suffered through math. I've learned to no longer hate math, and in fact, I've found that when I related it to programming, my math ability rose. The moral of [...]

By | 2017-05-18T14:45:30+00:00 August 1st, 2015|My Career, Science|0 Comments

Science: The Purpose of Life is to Evolve

The Purpose of Life if to Evolve First, let's define the definition of "purpose." gives the definition of "purpose" as, "the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.". They also give the definition of "reason" as, "a basis or cause, as for some belief, action, fact, event, etc." Last, the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T14:45:32+00:00 July 25th, 2015|Science|0 Comments

Temp agency tests ruin PHP developer credibility. Here’s why.

I've been quite critical of temp agency tests, and their lack of ability to write a proper test, so I feel that I can shed some light on what questions tests really must focus on. What I'll list below are a mixture of security related functionality, best practices, and advanced functionality not documented very well [...]

By | 2017-05-18T14:45:34+00:00 May 12th, 2015|My Career|0 Comments

Social Media: I Got Hundreds of Follows and Likes in One Day – Here’s How

I had originally posted this on my Linked In networking group for Bitcoin startup and project developers. I've posted other content there and so have our members, so when you've finished reading this article, pop on over and find some more like minded individuals. Social Media is the Key to Customer Trust You might be [...]

By | 2017-05-18T14:45:37+00:00 October 16th, 2014|Business|0 Comments
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